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Climate change is the umbrella term for the shift in worldwide weather phenomena associated with the increase in global atmospheric temperature. These anthropogenic phenomena can cause severe droughts, extreme weather and temperature in both hemispheres, loss of wildlife habitat and threaten food security.
See the fact file below for more information on the climate change or alternatively, you can download our 24-page Climate change worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
Science Behind Climate Change
- According to records of global temperatures, the world began getting warmer since the beginning of Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. Temperatures have risen due to overwhelming combustion of fossil fuels, which has increased concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which trap heat.
- Human industrial and agricultural activities have sent enormous quantities of greenhouse gases including water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere.
- The greenhouse effect is both normal and important for sustaining life on Earth. However, excessive greenhouse gases can also heat up Earth beyond survivable temperatures.
- Carbon dioxide exists through natural sources including decomposition and animal respiration. Human activities causing excessive carbon dioxide include the burning of fossil fuels for energy and deforestation, which decreases plant life responsible for transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen.
- Methane is another powerful naturally occurring greenhouse gas. However, industrial-scale farming of beef, fossil fuel exploration for gas wells and thawing of permafrost in Arctic regions is releasing too much methane into the atmosphere.
- Since 1958, the National Atmospheric and Space Administration (NASA) has been monitoring the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from an observatory in Mauna Loa, a volcano in Hawaii.
- Between 1850 to 1900, or the pre-industrial period, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was about 280 parts per million (ppm) and as of April 2018, the concentration is 407 ppm, according to the NASA Global Climate Change.
- According to Popular Science, the United States is the second largest contributor of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere despite its relatively moderate population. The United States emit 16.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita, which translates to almost 40 pounds per person.
- Among the major contributors of greenhouse gases emissions are electricity generation, transportation sector, and industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential activities. According to experts, emissions are fastest in countries like the United States, China and Japan because of their energy demands.
Effects of Climate Change
- Due to climate change, the Earth’s temperature continues to rise causing global warming. This warming of the Earth can lead to severe droughts, frequent snowstorms, warming of the Arctic, strong storms and extreme weather conditions.
- With ice caps melting in temperate regions, sea levels are estimated to rise between 1 and 6 feet before the end of the century, according to NASA. This would displace over 100 million people. As of 2017, more than 26 out of 150 glaciers in the Glacier National Park in the Rocky Mountains are shrinking.
- White sheets of ice in the Arctic act like a mirror, reflecting the sun’s solar energy back into space. With these shrinking, the ocean absorbs it and warms instead.
- Warming ocean temperature cause coral bleaching and fragmentation of marine habitat. It also causes acidification.
- Warmer and drier weather in some forest regions around the world means that plant and animal species are at greater risk of wildfires and human-wildlife conflict. According to WWF, given the current pace of global temperature rises, about half of all animal and plant life are at risk of extinction.
- Some experts suggest that rampant poverty in third world countries is also caused by climate change due to a lack of food security. Vast swathes of land that was once arable are becoming drier due to frequent and severe drought.
- Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time.
-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
What We Can Do
- The 2016 Environmental Performance Index outlined some of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world including Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Malta, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Croatia, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. These nations are all committed to achieving a carbon-neutral status through renewable sources of energy.
- To reduce transportation emissions, use public transport, car-share, use a bike, and switch to electric or hybrid vehicles.
- Use energy in the house wisely by changing to energy-efficient bulbs, unplugging appliances when not in use and installing a programmable thermostat.
- Consume appropriately to avoid more waste.
- Invest in renewable sources of energy including solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectricity.
- If possible grow your own plants and vegetables. Avoid eating foods that are out of season and reduce meat consumption.
- Recycle plastics, paper, metals and glass, and compost food waste.
- To reduce deforestation, advocate for preservation of forests and increased national reserves.
Climate change Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about climate change across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Climate change worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the climate change which is the umbrella term for the shift in worldwide weather phenomena associated with the increase in global atmospheric temperature. These anthropogenic phenomena can cause severe droughts, extreme weather and temperature in both hemispheres, loss of wildlife habitat and threaten food security.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Climate Change Facts
- Be Waste Free!
- Helpful or Hurtful
- Greenhouse Gases
- Impacts of Climate Change
- The Hows of Climate
- Through My Poem
- Climate v. Weather
- Word Hunt
- Change for Climate
- Faces of Tomorrow
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